Hummingbird feeders come in literally all forms of shapes, sizes and designs. It is best that the hummingbird feeder can be cleaned and hangs easily the feeder should be sturdy and must have limited number of parts that can be lost or broken. The hummingbird feeders on the market today have either a glass or plastic nectar reservoir.
Glass hummingbird feeders are easy to cleaned but will shatter if dropped. Plastic feeders are cheaper then those glass nectar reservoirs but over time the discoloration due to sun exposure is notable.
The size of the hummingbird feeder you will want to purchase will largely depend on the number of hummingbirds in your area. If you are new at trying to attract hummingbirds or you are not sure how many birds will visit your yard, my advice is to start out will a smaller sized feeder to begin with and then add a bigger one or a greater number of feeders as the number of birds visiting your yard increases. Small feeders typically have only a port for feeding while larger feeders have three or more. Many of which may provide perches for hummingbirds to rest upon while feeding.
Many of the hummingbird feeders on the market today have a lot of red on them, but this is not absolutely necessary, because there are other ways to draw the birds to your feeders. Placing your feeders near plants which are known to attract hummingbirds is a great thing to do to entice the birds to your feeder. Another tip is to place a red ribbon on the feeder as this will usually capture the attention of the hummingbirds.
It is also extremely important that when you choose a hummingbird feeder that it has excellent protection from the ants because of the great problems the ants can cause. The best advice I can offer is that you purchase a hummingbird feeder with an “ant moat.” The “ant moat” is a device which you fill with water and then hang above the feeder and it prevents from getting to the food source.
In my own personal opinion, I would not recommend that you purchase feeders that are yellow in color. The reason for this is that bees and are greatly attracted to this color and this is something which should be avoided if possible.
It is my sincere hope that these suggestions will make the task of selecting a hummingbird feeder much easier and far less intimidating for all of you. You now have no reason not to purchase the hummingbird feeder you have been wanting but were hesitant to purchase. You will be glad you did so and the birds will be so thankful to you!